The Weimaraneris a large, athletic, working dog that was originally bred for hunting in the early 19th century. The Weimaraner has a gray coat which has given it the nickname the “silver ghost” or "grey ghost" by it's owners. Early Weimaraners were used by royalty for hunting large game such as boar, bear, and deer. As the popularity of large game hunting began to decline, Weimaraners were used for hunting smaller animals like fowl, rabbits, and foxes. The Weimaraner is an all-purpose gun dog. The name comes from the Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Karl August, whose court, based in the city of Weimar, enjoyed hunting. In today's world, the Weimaraners can still be found out on the hunting trail and can also make a great family pet assuming you can provide the dog with enough exercise. In addition to being a great hunting dog, the Weimaraner is also known for having a good scenting ability and very high intelligence.


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Characteristics / Temperament

Dogs have several different traits or characteristics which may or may not be right for you. Learn if the Weimaraner has the set of characteristics that are right for you.

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Coat Colors

The recognised colors of the Weimaraner are: blue and grey.

Life Expectancy

The Weimaraner has a life expectancy of 10 to 13 years.

Height and Weight

The Weimaraner typically weighs between 45 to 80 pounds, placing it on the heavier end of dog breeds. It's typically 18 to 25 inches in height.
Gender Weight Range Height Range
Male 55 pounds - 80 pounds 20 inches - 25 inches
Feamle 45 pounds - 70 pounds 18 inches - 24 inches

Food Consumption in Cups

The Weimaranerwill require on average 2.0 cups of dog food daily for proper nutrition.

Health Problems

Learn the common health problems associated with the Weimaraner dog breed.

Weimaraners are like most breed, healthy, but prone to some health conditions. Common health issues for Weimaraners include: hip dysplasia, gastric torsion and progressive retinal atrophy (degenerative eye disorder). The main condition to be aware of with Weimaraners is bloat (gastric torsion) given they are a deep-chested dog. It is recommended to feed them small meals frequently versus one daily large meal.

Weimaraners enjoy a long and rich life span for a dog. The average Weimaraner live between 11-14 years.